Buses to replace train services to Whitby to allow major milestone in bridge repair.(Network Rail)

Buses to replace train services to Whitby to allow major milestone in bridge repair

Misaligned track following a bridge strike at Castleton Moor.(Network Rail Image)

Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel at the end of March as the next phase to repair the rail-over-road bridge near Castleton Moor station gets underway.

There will be a bus replacement service in operation on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line between Battersby and Whitby from 21:40 on Friday 29 March and throughout Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.

The line closure is necessary to allow engineers to demolish the two existing decks of the bridge and safely install a new steel deck.

Due to the extensive work which has been required to the abutments which support the new bridge deck, a full road closure has been in place since Monday 21 January. This will remain in place until the completion of the project in April.

Network Rail Project Manager, Jonny Ham said:

“Installing the main deck is a major step towards getting the bridge near Castleton Moor station reopened. We appreciate that closing the line for the weekend is inconvenient, but it is necessary to allow us to complete this important milestone in the project. We thank passengers for their patience.”

Anna Weeks, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“This engineering work is vital for the completion of repairs to the bridge at Castleton Moor and we are working closely with colleagues from Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum.

“I’d like to thank our customers and local residents, in advance, for their patience and understanding whilst this important work is carried out.

The bridge was severely damaged when it was struck by a skip wagon in March 2018 causing structural damage to steel girders and dislodging the track. Network Rail recommends that all drivers are aware of the height of their vehicles and heed warning signs as bridge strikes are avoidable and cause the UK economy millions of pounds each year.

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